Thursday, May 08, 2008

Tagged again

Locker requests that I

Pick up the nearest book
Open it at page 123
Find the fifth sentence
Post the next three sentences

Here's what happened.

When love once enters into the breast of one who has any sparks of generosity, it stirs the heart up to the most noble actions; in this dilemma, she showed, that she cared more for his life than she did for her own; for she took a resolution of quarreling with this fellow herself, and having challenged him ashore, she appointed the time two hours sooner than that when he was to meet her lover, when she fought him at sword and pistol and killed him on the spot.

It is true she had fought before, when she'd been insulted by some of those fellows, but now it was altogether in her lover's cause, she stood as it were between him and death, as if she could not live without him. If he had no regard for her before, this action would have bound him to her for ever; but there was no occasion for ties or obligations, his inclination toward her was sufficient; in fine, they applied their troth to each other, which Mary Read said she looked on as a marriage in conscience, as if it had been done by a minister in church; and to this was owing her great belly, which she pleaded to save her life.

Damnably long 17th century sentences, aren't they? Anyhow, it's taken from A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson (who may or not have been Daniel Defoe writing under a pseudonym). The section quoted concerns the life of Mary Read.

I would not be so ungentlemanly as to importune anyone to follow this game. However, I know that some of the commentators here do not have their own blogs. Consider the comments here an open invitation to follow suit. Other comments are, as ever, welcome.

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Blogger Glamourpuss said...

How wonderful. I remember that book. And I love its effect upon your own syntax.


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Blogger dominic said...

"To what was only a warning Maurras replied with an Adieu. I answered him with another. I owe very little to Maurras"

How very brief - and in fact a quote from an article cited in the book - which is "Georges Bernanos: A Study Of The Man And The Writer" by Robert Speaight.

(What a stereotypical book for me to have to hand, - at least it is the 120th anniversary of his birth, and 60th of his death, this year)

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